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La Alameda, a beautiful tree-lined open area in the city which is surrounded by official government buildings, is an example of the urban expansion at the beginning of the XX century.  The geometric garden of Castro Sampedro, in A Ferraría frames the fountain, one of the symbols of  the city. The island of Covo (known to locals as the sculpture park because of the art you can find there) is a large natural space on the River Lerez always full of people enjoying recreational activities such as running and walking.

Xunqueira de Alba is also a lovely park on the river where you can walk for hours in peace and tranquility. At Lourizán, you can visit a treasure; the gardens and arboretums of the disused, grand country house are undoubtedly the best botanical park in Galicia, today the epicentre of the scientific and educational institution that resides there.

Walks. If you enjoy walking, you could spend several days strolling around the city centre through the stunning streets and paths, and not repeat the scenery.  There are paths to guide you on a beautiful river walk starting at the bridge called ´Puente de los Tirantes´ (suspender bridge, with big white suspenders supporting the bridge). Heading away from town, the path on the right of the river takes you along a 6 km path apt for off-road bikes and wheelchairs and the left on a trail like path of 3 kms.  Other trails and paths can be found at Xunqueira de Alba and those surrounding the reservoir and forrest at Pontillon do Castro and around the river Dos Gafos (the latter is not recommended with bikes or wheelchairs).  There is a coastal walk from Lourido in Poio to Combarro, with views of Tambo Island and the Atlantic Ocean as you follow the banks of the River Lerez as it opens into the mouth of the estuary.